Apple Expands iTunes and 3 Tech Titans on the Move

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has expanded their signature iTunes Store into fifty-six additional countries, nearly doubling its geographical reach with a push into developing markets. The expansion comes as Apple’s media application faces increasingly tough competition from services launched by major rivals such as Microsoft Corp. and Google as well as those from other content streaming service providers like Spotify Ltd. and Netflix Inc.

 Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): Charity: Water founder, Scott Harrison, announced a new plan today at the 2012 LeWeb conference in Paris. The poorest regions of the world will receive a $5 million grant from Google Inc.’s Global Impact Awards to provide clean and sustainable water supplies. The non-profit group that builds water wells for communities in the developing world would like to install 4,000 low-cost remote sensors. The sensors will transmit real-time data to the charity and their donors.

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): The Microsoft Dyanmics CRM/ERP teams are finishing out 2012 with some new releases. They are also getting more cross-platforms and Windows Azure ready for the new year. The Dynamics AX team just made the Dynamics AX 2012 R2 release available, which is a follow-up to the Dynamics AX 2012 product the team shipped a little over a year ago. Next up will be a feature pack (delivered in another year-plus) and then the next full Dynamics AX release, due to be out in 2014, said Christian Pedersen, General Manager of Dynamics Enterprise Applications and Services at Microsoft.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC): A push by Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corporation to give competition to Apple’s iPad in the $63.2 billion tablet market is starting slowly. Of more than a dozen tablets Microsoft and Intel have made available for the new version of Windows, only five can be purchased for immediate United States delivery.

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